It feels so much like deja vu I as I sit and watch a city get euphoric over the signing of Andrew Bynum.
A year ago in Philadelphia, the sign and trade acquisition of Andrew Bynum had the city buzzing with thoughts of a dominant center, and a historic playoff run.
Instead, Bynum missed every game of the season, collected over $16 million, and spent an entire year trolling 76ers fans with bowling shenanigans, salsa dancing, and no sense of urgency to return.
Fast forward ahead to a year, and the Cavaliers now have dreams of a dominant big man to go with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
During his introductory presser, Bynum said he was healthy, eager to play, and called Kyrie Irving a “world renown talent.” Bynum then said that the Cavaliers are “definitely a playoff team.”
“This is definitely a playoff team,” Bynum said.
“The Cavs so far have given me every opportunity to succeed,” Bynum said. “The medical staff is great. They’ve put together a plan going forward. I pretty much just show up and work hard. I really believe in the doctors here and in the training staff. I’m in a different place because after the surgery I feel a lot better than I did last year. With time off I’ve been able to get the swelling out. I’m just ready to work. I’m here. I moved up here already, found a new location to live. I’m going to be in this gym as much as possible to get my game back to the level that I know I can.”
Only Andrew Bynum knows how healthy he is, and whether or not he can really give the Cavs what they need.